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Brain, Rhythm, and Music

My attention was recently drawn to a link to the Science Codex, which begins:...

Pluto, Stígandr, Omoo?

What do you say to Pluto’s demotion to “dwarf planet” status?  I did not approve of...

Thoughts from Pluto?

Pluto really does seem to have captured people’s imagination.  With the announcement that...

Jupiter And Venus Conjunction

We have already had a view from the Mediterranean of Jupiter, Venus and the Moon in Seeing Jupiter...

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Until recently, I worked in the Polymer Physics Group of the Physics Department at the University of Reading.

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Will the medicines you take make their way back into your food?  They might, especially of you take your cue from an old Yorkshire song which deals with human recycling in the food chain, via worms and ducks.  Now, research [1] from the university of York (where else?) has studied one step of this process in detail.

We have over the years read of paintings by chimpanzees, but could they be art critics also?

A recent article has appeared, outlining evidence that many cognitive tasks the we take to be a function of our human intelligence can be performed just as well (or even better) by chimpanzees.  Here are links to two versions of the article:

We’ve been having a lot of interesting items here on Science 2.0 coming from an Anglo-Oz joint venture called The Conversation,.  One that struck me most forcibly has been Masculinity And Terror: The Missing Conversation, linked to a paper When Ba